The St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School (SAASS) on April 10 reached a historic milestone – 70 years of existence.
SAASS, now located in the rural community of Telescope, St. Andrew, was the fourth secondary school to commence operations in Grenada with a three member staff, a single classroom and approximately 41 students.
Today the school is 725 students strong (500 boys and 225 girls), with 46 teachers, 13 Imani trainees and a 10-member Ancillary staff.
The faculty and staff last week Wednesday took to the streets of Grenville in a colourful parade in celebration of the 760th anniversary to showcase their many achievements.
“70 years is a long time and we have a lot to show for it,” declared an elated School Principal, Pamela Moses who led the march through the Town of Grenville.
“We are writers… we get most entry’s, we win competitions…we do quite a lot and we have great achievements occurring at the school…We are very happy, we do well in academics…our pass rates moved from 66 % to 79% so we are improving and we are doing quite well, she told THE NEW TODAY newspaper in an interview conducted during the march.
The march also saw the participation of former school principals Michael Pierre, who is the current Speaker of the House of Representatives in Parliament and former Sports Minister, Patrick Simmons, the one-time elected Member of Parliament for St Andrew South-east, where the school is located.
SAASS can boast a wealth of achievements and accomplishments over the years.
The school is a 22-timee Inter-Collegiate Games champion, with the Boys copping the title on 19 occasions, while the girls brought home the title three times.
The Boys and Girls from Telescope are also the 2012 and 2013 Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. (GRENLEC) Debate champions, following which the school was awarded a Solar Energy system to produce electricity for the entire facility, saving the school approximately EC$4, 000 monthly.
In 2011, SAASS entered the Grenada Postal Corporation/Universal Postal Union Letter Writing competition placing 2nd in the world, while in 2013 the school placed 2nd in the St. George’s University (SGU) Knowledge Bowl competition.
SAASS was the first co-educational institution in Grenada founded in 1944-45 by its first principal, Barbadian-born, Sir Samuel Graham, a former Chief Justice of Grenada.
The school started off in an upper room on Albert and Victoria Streets, and then moved to the Grenada Cocoa and Nutmeg Association (GCNA) building on Jubilee Street from which it was evicted following which classes were held at the Seamoon Pavillion.
In 1978, the school moved to its permanent home, which occupies approximately five acres of land in the village of Telescope.
This became a reality through private donations collected by a building committee, under the chairmanship of the late Reverend Herman M. Bhola and with assistance from Archdeacon A. H. Huggins.
SAASS has provided secondary education for hundreds of Grenadians, leading the way for the expansion of secondary education in Grenada.
The school has so far acquired an enviable record in academic studies. In 1984 past student Janice Malcolm won the Marryshow Award, while another past student Dennison Thomas was Grenada’s lone representative on the 1988 West Indies Youth Cricket Team to Australia.